School Communication Series – Part 1: Make Parent Communications A Priority

You’ve probably experienced “important-but-not-urgent” tasks – those various jobs that don’t have a definite timeline and therefore tend to get back-burnered in favor of more pressing matters. To-do lists have a way of getting full of these things. It can happen even when the “pressing” matter is a top priority due only to its urgency rather than its intrinsic merit and when the thing that keeps getting pushed aside is vitally important.

Have parent communications gotten back-burnered at your school? Have you made parent communications a priority at your school?

If so, don’t feel bad. It happens all the time, especially amidst the daily crush of everything you need to worry about and all the fires you’re putting out on a daily basis.

But summertime is a great opportunity to catch your breath and start thinking about some of those big-picture projects that can make a real difference to the teachers and families at your school.

Having an effective school communications system in place:

  • Facilitates a sense of school community
  • Creates a common sense of ownership over kids’ educational experience
  • Encourages real, lasting friendships – not mere acquaintanceships – between children, parents, and teachers
  • Saves hassle, confusion, and money
  • Improves learning outcomes for kids
  • Reinforces your unique brand and identity among your school community
  • Facilitates and streamlines parent involvement with fundraising, volunteering, and chaperoning
  • Helps reduce parent/teacher conflicts and misunderstandings
  • Ensures reliable communications in the event of an emergency
  • Provides a compelling differentiator for parents considering between many area schools
  • Enables a sense of connection for parents missing their kids during the work day
  • Alleviates the “10pm scramble” for a missing, yet vital, bit of info or permission slip needed for the next day
  • Preserves parents’ and teachers’ most valuable resource: time

In short, having an effective school/parent communications system in place just makes almost everything better.

Is it easy for parents and teachers to communicate at your school?

If not, you’ve come to the right place. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling out Parts 2 and 3 of our special summertime School Communication Series here on the blog.

Stay tuned here each Wednesday in July, and learn:

  • The very first thing you need to do to get an effective school communications system in place
  • What to do if you just don’t know where to start
  • How to overcome objections from less-tech-savvy staff members
  • Keys to ensuring student privacy
  • The important elements a good school communication system must have in place
  • Low-tech, low-cost ways to make a big impact
  • And more!

Plus, on July 30th, we’ll reveal a special offer that’s available only to readers of our blog – a one-time deal that we think you’ll find irresistible.

So check back here each Wednesday this month for all the details – or, even better, if you’re not already a subscriber to our weekly posts, now’s a great time to sign up so you don’t miss a thing. You’ll also get a free copy of our ebook, 9 Effective Strategies for Parent Engagement at Your School.

Enjoy your well-deserved summer break, and we’ll see you back here next week with more on school communications!

And, if you’ve got any thoughts on what makes communications particularly effective at your school, we’d love to get your thoughts – just leave a comment below!